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Bach: English Suites, BWV 806-11 / András Schiff


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421640   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...I must then say that I prefer Schiff on the English Suites... [He] achieve[s] a sense of freedom while staying very much in view of the score; [his] pianism illuminates aspects of the music in ways that the harpsichord cannot.

-- Paul Shoemaker, MusicWeb International

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With Glenn Gould's untimely death in 1982, the time was ripe for András Schiff's formidable gifts as a Bach interpreter to garner international attention--and rightfully so. Although Schiff admired and was influenced by Gould, he approaches Bach on the piano quite differently. For instance, Schiff's warm, luminous tone contrasts with Gould's gaunt, stripped-down sonority, drawing inspiration from the grandeur and
Read more flexibility of tempo that typifies Bach performances from pianists such as Edwin Fischer and Miecyslaw Horszowski. At the same time, Schiff always has kept up with the latest scholarship in regard to embellishment and articulation. As you listen to Schiff in the Partitas, English Suites, French Suites, and the B minor French Overture, you can't help but notice both the way the pianist's tempos accurately pinpoint the music's dance origins and the improvisatory feeling with which he imbues the ornaments on the repeats.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the box set of Schiff's Bach recordings, Decca 452279
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Works on This Recording

1.
English Suite no 1 in A major, BWV 806 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
2.
English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
3.
English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
4.
English Suite no 4 in F major, BWV 809 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
5.
English Suite no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
6.
English Suite no 6 in D minor, BWV 811 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 1. Prélude
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 3. Courante I
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 4. Courante II avec deux Doubles
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 5. Sarabande
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 6. Bourrée I & Bourrée II
English Suite No.1 in A major BWV 806: 7. Gigue
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 1. Prélude
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 3. Courante
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 4. Sarabande
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 5. Gavotte I - Gavotte II ou la musette
English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808: 6. Gigue
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 1. Prélude
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 3. Courante
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 4. Sarabande
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 5. Passepied I en Rondeau & Passepied II
English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV 810: 6. Gigue
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 1. Prelude
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 3. Courante
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 4. Sarabande
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 5. Bourrée I & II
English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807: 6. Gigue
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 1. Prélude
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 3. Courante
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 4. Sarabande
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 5. Menuet I-II
English Suite No.4 in F, BWV 809: 6. Gigue
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 1. Prélude
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 2. Allemande
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 3. Courante
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 4. Sarabande & 5. Double
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 6. Gavotte I-II
English Suite No.6 in D minor, BWV 811: 7. Gigue

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